Mike, I think I've criticize liberals enough times, except they just aren't as big as hypocrites as the American Pharisees are!
You should have read The Washington Post article. You would have seen the authoress actually gave some points on why the listings of contributors isn't such a great idea. Though apparently it appears that these organizations still don't have to list contributors even with the 990 form. The even-handedness of the of the Washington Post, certainly isn't match by such outfits as WNDâđ
Franklin Graham, and his personal purseâđđ°
Warren Cole Smith wrote: .... ...Finally, a few executives have asterisks by their name. That means they received compensation that year from two or more organizations. In the case of Franklin Graham, only his Samaritanâs Purse compensation is listed. He also serves as president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and (for the reason cited above) we were not able to determine what compensation he receives from BGEA....
excerpt from, "MinistryWatch List: 50 Highly Paid Christian Ministry Executives"
Sarah Pulliam Bailey wrote: .... MinistryWatch recently published a list of highly paid Christian ministry executives, but several pastors and nonprofit executives were excluded because many donât file 990s. While these kinds of ministries range in purpose, they typically do not operate the same way most churches do, with at least one weekly worship service that is open to the public....
excerpt from, "Major evangelical nonprofits are trying a new strategy with the IRS that allows them to hide their salaries"
Mike Pence has served he is usefulness to Donald Trump. The male White Evangelical vote, he has a lock on. However, he has less of a lock on even the white Evangelical female vote. College graduate women can't even stand him like a famous Fallen Angel from the Bible, he may be able to offer female voters an apple by dumping Pence, and putting Nikki Haley onto the ballot.
Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven. For that is how they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Barnes New Testament notes wrote: Rejoice, etc. The reward of such suffering is great. To those who suffer most, God imparts the highest rewards. Hence the crown of martyrdom has been thought to be the brightest that any of the redeemed shall wear; and hence many of the early ChristiansÂ soughtÂ to become martyrs, and threw themselves in the way of their persecutors, that they might be put to death. They literally rejoiced, and leaped for joy, at the prospect of death for the sake of Jesus. Though God does not require us to seek persecution, yet all this shows that there is something in religion to sustain the soul, which the-world does not possess. Nothing but the consciousness of innocence, and the presence of God, could have borne them up in the midst of these trials; and the flame, therefore, kindled to consume the martyr, has also been a bright light, showing the truth and power of the gospel of Jesus.
Megan Fowler wrote: .... ...Pew found last fall that most Americans (63%) want churches and other houses of worship to stay out of political matters, and more than three out of four (76%) say they should not come out in favor of a political candidate. As CT reported, Protestants in the historically black churches and evangelical Protestants are the only major religious groups that favor church endorsements.... .... "Evangelical pastors must recognize that political diversity frequently is present within churches,â said Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research. âIf civility across these differences is not actively fostered, it can hurt the mission of the church. This has already been evident as many young adults point to political differences as a reason they stop attending church.â....
excerpt from, "Many Churchgoers Donât Know If Their Pastor Is a Republican or Democrat"âđ
Mike when did I say two wrongs and made a right? neither a liberal or conservative "Unitarians" are good for the countryđ
https://tinyurl.com/zt5jxjh (Wisdom for Interim Pastors)
42. Jesus summoned them and said to them, âYou know that they who are recognized as rulers over the nations lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 43. But it shall not be so among you, but whoever wants to become great among you shall be your servant. 44. Whoever of you wants to become first among you shall be bondservant of all.
Someone needs to send him a copy of,
https://tinyurl.com/jzttasx (Notes on Reconstructionism)
Now God has a plan for all of us, unfortunately some of us are in Rebellionâđ
https://tinyurl.com/y7kxs2ug "God's plan for Mike Pence"
Joel, If Mike Pence or indeed Donald Trump are Christians then they are open to censure and comment by other Christians. Actually I consider my fellow voters and myself the leaders of the country, there aren't any Kings in the US. I have to say my record may not be perfect on my condemnation of my fellow voters.
Mike, one should see the article that this discussion is supposed to be about and there certainly is disclaimer that the woman contemplating abortion should see competent authorities- - both religious and legal.
Now the average citizen should be completely skeptical how's the reasons that Trumpians give against abortion because it's really, just political reasons that Inspire them. --- at least as far as I'm concerned.
https://tinyurl.com/y8lrkl7p (Abortion is defined as the artificial termination of a woman's pregnancy. The traditional Jewish view on abortion does not fit conveniently into any of the major "camps" in the current American abortion debate - Judaism neither bans abortion completely nor does it allow indiscriminate abortion.)
This is far as I can see was the conservative Protestants position also, until abortion became a political issue, for some of them.
Though the author of the above article called it short - I wouldn'tâ
Governor Pete Ricketts wrote: .... âDr. Martin Luther King, Jr. confronted racial injustice with steadfast courage and a principled commitment to nonviolence.Â His eloquent leadership advanced the cause of equality and civil rights for all.Â Dr. Kingâs speeches, and his personal example, continue to inspire us to seek peace and pursue justice.Â Our nation has rightly honored Dr. King by building the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C. to preserve and pass on his legacy to the next generation.âÂ Â âDr. King taught Americans that true greatness comes through service, that love is stronger than hate, and that characterânot raceâshould distinguish us.Â This weekend, letâs draw inspiration from Dr. Kingâs life and reflect on how we can be an agent of unity, charity, and hope for our neighbors and everyone around us.â
excerpt from, "Today, Governor Pete Ricketts issued the following statement in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day which is celebrated on January 20, 2020."
Joel, you should look over some articles in the Atlantic e.g.
https://tinyurl.com/y959ph8u (The Fight for Health Care Has Always Been About Civil Rights)đ
http://jewishworldreview.com/cols/will072316.php3 (Pence the pliable) George Will is much more amusing at snide remarks then I am.
QC, this mild diatribe by George, I will let you read for yourself and others can do that also. This was written before George Will before he really got to know the behavior of Mike Pence. But even these early observations are interesting.
Dylan Stableford wrote: ...the speculation has resumed during Haleyâs promotional tour for her new book, which some observers believe is doubling as an audition for the role of Trumpâs running mate....
excerpt from,"Is Nikki Haley auditioning to replace Pence on Trump's 2020 ticket?"
Rapture Ready wrote: .... When observing him in person, it doesnât take long to realize that heâs a very gifted man. He has a super memory that allows him to instantly recall vast quantities of scripture, and he has the ability to relate complex Bible prophecy issue to the common listener.
We have had in the past some disagreement with his Jack Van Impe Presents programming dealing with issues involving the Catholic religion, and with some commentary on Islam and the Koran. As of late, however, Dr. Van Impe has shown to have been given, in our view, an extraordinary Commission from the Lord to forewarn of the disastrous apostasy developing during these days as we see the time of the Tribulation advancing on the prophetic horizon....
Interesting review of Jack Van Impe. I would suppose some of his shows will still be carried on regular television for a while anyway. I'll have to see if the above praise is accurate?
Robert P. Jones wrote: .... In 2011 and again just ahead of the 2016 election, PRRI asked Americans whether a political leader who committed an immoral act in his or her private life could nonetheless behave ethically and fulfill their duties in their public life. In 2011, consistent with the âvalues voterâ brand and the traditional evangelical emphasis on the importance of personal character, only 30 percent of white evangelical Protestants agreed with this statement. But with Trump at the top of the Republican ticket in 2016, 72 percent of white evangelicals said they believed a candidate could build a kind of moral dike between his private and public life. In a head-spinning reversal, white evangelicals went from being the least likely to the most likely group to agree that a candidateâs personal immorality has no bearing on his performance in public office....
excerpt from,"Trump Can't Reverse the Decline of White Christian America"
It is delusional of the Trumpian religion that masquerades as Christianity that its end won't be its own destruction. There are churches whose congregations consist of various hues. Who are only distinguished by that, but still are united in their Christian worldview. đ
Franklin's mixing politics and religion will make any religious project of his a failure.
I am pleased to see that the venue controllers support freedom of speech.
Nancy Beck Young wrote: ..... Neither Billy Graham nor Goldwater had much patience for the vitriolic, religion-based politics of the Christian right. Graham believed it imperative for clergy to separate themselves from politics. In 1981, he wrote in Parade magazine: âI donât want to see religious bigotry in any form. It would disturb me if there was a wedding between the religious fundamentalists and the political right. The hard right has no interest in religion except to manipulate it.â
Goldwater, for his part, rejected the attacks on sexual identity that now pervade the 21st century Christian right. By the end of his life, Goldwater advocated for gay rights, remarking in 1994: âWhen you say âradical rightâ today, I think of these moneymaking ventures by fellows like Pat Robertson and others who are trying to take the Republican Party away from the Republican Party and make a religious organization out of it. If that ever happens, kiss politics goodbye....
excerpt from, "How Franklin Graham betrayed his fatherâs legacy"